Did Hungary have the right to refuse to renew its union with Austria?

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
14,186
SoCal
#1
I know that the Ausgleich (Austro-Hungarian union) was renewed every ten years. However, what I am curious about is whether Hungary (and Austria as well, for that matter) had the right to unilaterally refuse to renew this union whenever the next deadline for renewal came up.

I know that there is the possibility that had Franz Ferdinand survived the assassination attempt on his life in Sarajevo in 1914, Hungary would have refused to renew this union the next time that this issue would have come up--specifically in 1917. In turn, this makes me wonder as to whether or not Hungary would have been within its legal rights in refusing to renew this union.

Any thoughts on this?
 
Nov 2017
866
Győr
#3
One word: Autocracy.

There was no autocracy in A-H Empire. Even some highly educated historian scholars (without deep knowledge of the exact legal history) claim such nonsense in their books. But specialist legal historians never do that. The Austrian parliament was politically paralized due to the introduction of general suffrage and minorities. In his case of paralysis the Emperor had right to create law/acts which were equal with the decisions and laws of the parliament. In Hungary, the superiority of the parliament over the kingship is go back to the medieval era. (It appeared in Britain much later, only after the era of O.Cromwell)
 
Last edited:
Nov 2017
866
Győr
#4
I know that the Ausgleich (Austro-Hungarian union) was renewed every ten years. However, what I am curious about is whether Hungary (and Austria as well, for that matter) had the right to unilaterally refuse to renew this union whenever the next deadline for renewal came up.

I know that there is the possibility that had Franz Ferdinand survived the assassination attempt on his life in Sarajevo in 1914, Hungary would have refused to renew this union the next time that this issue would have come up--specifically in 1917. In turn, this makes me wonder as to whether or not Hungary would have been within its legal rights in refusing to renew this union.

Any thoughts on this?
It was not renewed in 1917.
 
Feb 2017
54
Hungary
#5
I know that the Ausgleich (Austro-Hungarian union) was renewed every ten years. However, what I am curious about is whether Hungary (and Austria as well, for that matter) had the right to unilaterally refuse to renew this union whenever the next deadline for renewal came up.
This is not exactly correct. The Ausgleich itself wasn't renegotiated every ten years, but merely its economic aspects. So what was discussed was the ratio on sharing the common burdens, tolls, and other matters of similar nature.
 
Likes: Futurist